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1.2.4 Other cut scenes (Terminator 2: Judgment Day)




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This article is from the The Terminator FAQ, by Karsten A. Loepelmann kloepel@connect.ab.ca with numerous contributions by others.

1.2.4 Other cut scenes (Terminator 2: Judgment Day)

The "Annotated Screenplay" also contains six omitted sequences that were not
filmed, for various reasons noted below:

Extended Future War Sequence
----------------------------
These scenes show more of the fight against Skynet in the future. This
sequence was deleted due to its prohibitive cost, and because it was deemed
tangential to the story. Most significant are the scenes showing an adult
John
Connor sending Kyle Reese to the past.

Sarah's E.C.T. Sequence
-----------------------
This sequence was intended to illustrate the direness of Sarah's situation,
which was adequately established with other scenes. I'm glad these scenes
were
cut: electroconvulsive shock therapy is only used as a treatment in *extreme*
cases of depression--which Sarah clearly did not exhibit.

Missile Dream Sequence
----------------------
In an early draft, Sarah experiences two nuclear nightmares; this is the
second. After falling asleep at Salceda's ranch, Sarah's dream of children
playing in a park turns into a nightmare as underground silos open, and the
missiles inside are launched. These scenes were cut because JC thought that a
single nuclear nightmare was more powerful than two.

Salceda's Death Sequence
------------------------
Although the scenes in which the T-1000 goes to Salceda's ranch looking for
John were scheduled for the first week of principal photography, they were
not
filmed because they were deemed redundant and costly. This sequence is
notable
for the scene in which the T-1000's head is blown off, the mouth gulps
"like a
gaffed fish," and the head is reabsorbed into the T-1000's body.

Gant Ranch Sequence
-------------------
Travis Gant is the "crazy ex-Green Beret" John refers to in the film. This
sequence was rewritten and later comprised the Salceda ranch sequences.
(Salceda's first incarnation was as one of Gant's men. The kewlest scene has
Sarah proving to Gant that Terminator really exist, by taking a .45 automatic
and shooting the Terminator in the head--twice! Terminator, unperturbed,
responds to this rather rude treatment by saying, "No problemo."

Dyson's Vision Sequence
-----------------------
Miles Dyson's death was initially intended to be a bit more poetic. He has a
vision of his family and knows that for them to have a chance at survival, he
must destroy his life's work--and himself.

 

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